|Birth||25 JAN 17981 2 3 4 5 6|
|Reside||7 APR 18504|
image 8 on FamilySearch (with brother Joseph)4
|Reside||13 SEP 18705|
pg 5 (living with Sears, sister Esther's family)5
|Death||19 SEP 18733 6|
Obituary from Find-a-Grave:
Galveston Co., TX - Obits: Capt. William Hendley
HENDLEY, WM. CAPT. - Death occurred yesterday at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Sears, in Middleton, Connecticut. He was an old and prominent merchant of Galveston. He was the head of the large commercial house of Wm. Hendley & Co., of this city, which was established some 35 years ago.
Capt. Hendley was born in Middletown Connecticut, in 1797, and was 76 years old at his death. He adopted the sea as a profession, and in connection with his brother, Capt. Joseph J. Hendley, built and run the first line of packet ships that ever were put on between New York and Galveston. In 1844 the commercial house of Wm. Hendley & Co. was established in this city. Capt. Hendley never married, and by will, which was made several years ago, his large estate will pass to his brother and life-long partner, Capt. J. J. Hendley, who has had the general management of the business of the house since its establishment.
The deceased has been afflicted for the past 7 years, and spent most of his time with his sister, at whose house he died.
(Galveston Weekly News, Sept. 22, 1873)
Also reported - Wm. Hendley died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Elisha Sears, at South Farms the 19th inst. (ult.)
He was the son of Henry Hendley, a mariner, who was lost at sea in the brig Marlborough, of Glastonbury, was born at South Farms in 1798. He began the battle of life as clerk with Mr. Elisha Ferree, at Pameacha, and afterwards was in the employ of the Pameacha Manufacturing Company. After serving his employers for several years, he commenced business at Middletown for his own account, which he continued until 1839, when he joined his brother, Capt. Joseph J. Hendley, in the coasting trade between New Orleans and Texas. This connection was continued until 1844, when they, together with Messrs. John L. Sleight and Philip Gildersleeve, established the mercantile house of William Hendley & Co., in Galveston, Texas. The establishment of this house was one of the first fruits of the annexation of Texas to the United States.
As a man he was kind, amiable, always greeted his friends with welcome, always looked closely to his own business, always enjoyed good health until, far advanced in life, a paralytic shock closed his career of active usefulness - brought him back to the home of his birth, the couch of his death and the grave of his rest.
The Galveston partnership of which I have spoken, was composed of William Hendley, Joseph J. Hendley, John L. Sleight, and Philip Gildersleeve. Mr. Gildersleeve, a native of Portland, Connecticut, was a young gentleman of sterling character; the office work of the house devolved on him, and could not have been confided to abler or worthier hands. His death at an early period, was a real loss to the city of his adoption; while at the home of his family the sweets of memory continue to pay their tributes of affections. Mr. Sleight died in the city of New York a few months since, his remains repose in his native soil at Sag Harbor, L.I. Capt. Joseph J. Hendley is the only survivor of the original partnership.
The writer of this brief notice had been in constant correspondence with Mr. Hendley's house, except when interrupted by war.